May 19, 1909
WE HAVE SEEN HOW THE WRITER
of the Apocalypse indicates
that in the fifth age, after the war of all against all, people will
appear in white garments, that the sixth age is characterized by the
earth's enduring great tremors and earthquakes as the result of
materialism, and that spiritual human beings will be the sealed ones.
We must point out that
just as the angels or angeloi underwent their human stage in earlier
planetary incarnations, humanity must also ascend through its development.
What confronts us today as nature is the achievement of the gods. In
the future, the human being will also accomplish divine spiritual deeds.
We are speaking of the time when the human being will already have begun
to work with magic from the periphery of the earth out of the realm of
the invisible. However, in contrast to the sealed human beings there will
also be those who have chained themselves to matter. These materialistic
people will have been pushed down. This is why the writer of the Apocalypse
sees the spiritualized people hovering above with the others bound to
matter below. He sees this very clearly the moment the seventh seal
is broken to reveal a vision of the future.
Then comes the next epoch
of seven ages. Here the writer of the Apocalypse sees devachan and hears
it prophetically proclaimed in the blowing of trumpets. Human beings
will look down upon the earth itself as it becomes increasingly material;
only the coarsest humankind will have consciously reacquired clairvoyance.
In the age of the trumpets the Lemurian age will resurrect; human beings
will be close to God, they will have completely spiritualized themselves.
In the Lemurian age the earth still existed entirely within the element
of fire. Human beings lived in fire before descending into a dense bodily
nature — this will be repeated in a spiritual state. When the
seventh trumpet sounds forth a kind of blessed state will come upon
humanity. Then we come to a repetition of the time when the sun was
separated from the earth. The human being, together with the earth,
will have advanced to the time when the sun again unites with the earth.
The earth will pass over into what is called an astral state. Human
beings able to live in the astral world will raise up the finer part
of the earth and then be united with the sun. The portion of the earth
that has remained coarse will be united with the moon to form a new
kind of moon. The kind of conditions prevailing during the Hyperborean
age will enter in again, but at a higher stage of evolution. This is
characterized by the woman clothed with the sun and having the moon
at her feet. The beasts that rise up out of the sea or fall from heaven
also belong to this whole stream of evolution that is pictured, as if
captured in a moment of time.
Zarathustra also referred
to the Christ being, who has been working in the central regions of
the earth from the event of Golgotha onward. After working on the earth
from the sun in earlier times, he has united with the planet earth.
It is the power of Christ that has descended from the sun and retrieved
the useful part of earthly humanity, uniting it with the sun again.
But he has an adversary — every such being has an adversary. Christ
is the good spirit, the intelligence of the sun; the adversary is the
demon of the sun. Certain forces that are constantly working on the
human astral body come forth from the demon of the sun. This demon of
the sun is the opponent of the Christ spirit and is called Sorat. Earlier,
in cabalistic sections of occultism, the custom of writing letters with
numbers prevailed. The letters of the name Sorat, the demon of the sun,
have the value 666. In the picture found at
Rev. 13:11 – 18
the sun demon
It has two horns like
a lamb. The writer of the Apocalypse describes the sign of the beast.
Already at the beginning of the Apocalypse he clearly stated he was
describing everything in signs and then adds: Wisdom is necessary in
order to solve this riddle. In this way, the number of the beast has
been explained in occult schools by real experts who do not explain
it materialistically. We hear how the worst and coarsest elements are
thrown out and how the noblest, spiritualized portion of humanity remains
united with the sun. The newly spiritualized human body can then again
be a temple for the soul.